Remembering our ANZACs in 1/2HG


Posted by gabg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 24, 2015

In 1/2HG we have started exploring our inquiry unit on the ANZACs. As a group we read Simpson and his Donkey on the whiteboard. Katie read the book aloud to the group while Gab wrote down any words or phrases that needed to be revisited once we finished reading the book.


What’s been happening in 1/2ST?


Posted by reneetimion | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 24, 2015

Here is a little sneak peek of all the wonderful things that have been happening in 1/2ST over the course of the new year…

We made marshmallow towers using our school value of ‘teamwork’. Some of our towers looked similar and some of us had very different ideas. We found out that to make the tallest tower we needed a strong base.

We used the iPads to display our learning in the area of cyber safety. You can download the app ‘pic collage’ at home and make amazing posters and books, just like we have in class!

We read ‘Simpson and his Donkey’ and responded to the book through drawings, writing, wonderings/questions and watercolour paintings.

We’ve begun practising our skip counting in maths, looked at odd and even numbers (ask your child if they can tell you if a number is odd or even – try a big number! We have a special way of telling and you shouldn’t be able to trick us!) and looked at ‘time’. We realised that time is not just telling the time on a clock, but many other things…ask your child  at home to see if they can tell you what sort of time we have been learning about!

A few last reminders – please continue to bring in your coloured notices and make sure your child is bringing their red and blue folders to school on a daily basis. We want to make sure we are reading every night and notices are going home!

We hope you’ve enjoyed looking at our learning!

Parent Volunteers Wanted


Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Art and Craft, Music | Posted on February 20, 2015

Andrew and Chelsea are hoping to recruit some parents to form a Bell Biennale Parent Committee. If you’re passionate about the arts and want to help out with our festival in June, please click on the link for more information:

If I Ran the Zoo …


Posted by matta | Posted in English | Posted on February 12, 2015

Today, 1/2A & 1/2 M read the Dr. Seuss book ‘If I Ran the Zoo’.


In the book, Gerald McGrew is a kid who, when visiting a zoo, finds that the exotic animals are “not good enough”. He says that if he ran the zoo, he would let all of the current animals free and find new, more bizarre and exotic ones. Throughout the book he lists these creatures, starting with a lion with ten feet and escalating to more imaginative (and imaginary) creatures, such as the Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, “the world’s biggest bird from the island of Gwark, who eats only pine trees, and spits out the bark.”

We created our own creatures for our own ‘New Zoo, McGrew Zoo’. Here are some …..

So a question for you …. If you could create an imaginative creature for our zoo, what would it be and what would it do …?

Odd and Even


Posted by meganmcgowan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 10, 2015

This week, students in 12A and 12M have been looking at odd and even numbers and skip-counting patterns.

Some of us learn about Odd Todd and Even Steven. Even Steven (like most of us) likes everything to be fair and even so when there are snacks about each person has to get the same. Odd Todd does NOT like things to be even. He is happiest when everyone gets a different amount.

Students had fun experimenting with dividing popcorn kernels into two groups. If the amount could be divided equally between two, then the kernels went to Even Steven. If the amount couldn’t be divided equally between two, then the kernels went to Odd Todd.


Today we kept exploring Odd and Even numbers, first by playing a game similar to Snap! With playing cards, except instead of snapping a pair, players just had to snap every single ODD number! It was so tricky! This is something you could continue to play at home. Also with playing cards you can time how long it takes to split all of the cards into a pile of odd numbers and a pile of even numbers.



We also made our own Even Steven and Odd Todd to take home.



Celebrating Start-Up


Posted by mrgriffin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 8, 2015

1/2’s celebrated their achievements during Start-Up Week at a special assembly on Friday afternoon.

Students from each grade shared an item they were proud of. These included Values Chains, Posters; A Great Student, Teacher and Classroom, Cybersafety Message, Class Motto and many more.

Teachers also escorted students on a Learning Walk where students visited each grade identifying features of Start-Up.

1/2A & 1/2M Unpacking Values – Teamwork


Posted by matta | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 2, 2015

Today 1/2A & 1/2M did a teamwork activity where groups were given 1 meter of masking tape, 10 pieces of spaghetti and a marshmallow. The objective was to build the tallest tower with only those materials, and for the marshmallow to sit on top. Our winning tower was a whopping 26.5cm tall! Amazing job by all!

Welcome to 2015!


Posted by meganmcgowan | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on February 1, 2015

The 1/2 teaching team at Bell would like to welcome you to the new school year.

Term 1 is a short but busy term and it begins with our ‘Start Up’ week where we unpack all of the School Values and set up the routines and expectations of the classroom.

There will be some great displays to check out in each of the classrooms so make sure you pop in and have a look when you get a chance.

We look forward to getting to know all of you and your children and we are sure this year will be a roaring success!

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